So, it is over for Dr. Jackson Avery.
Per THR, Jesse Williams is departing Grey’s Anatomy this month, May 20, as his two-year contract with the franchise comes to an end.
Reacting to this in a statement, Williams said, “I will forever be grateful for the boundless opportunities provided me by Shonda [Rhimes], the network, studio, fellow cast mates, our incredible crew, Krista [Vernoff], Ellen [Pompeo] and Debbie [Allen]. As an actor, director and person, I have been obscenely lucky to learn so much from so many and I thank our beautiful fans, who breathe so much energy and appreciation into our shared worlds. The experience and endurance born of creating nearly 300 hours of leading global television is a gift I’ll carry always. I am immensely proud of our work, our impact and to be moving forward with so many tools, opportunities, allies and dear friends.”
Added showrunner Vernoff: “Jesse Williams is an extraordinary artist and activist. Watching his evolution these past 11 years both on screen and off has been a true gift. Jesse brings so much heart, such depth of care, and so much intelligence to his work. We will miss Jesse terribly and we will miss Jackson Avery — played to perfection for so many years.”
This news comes after it was reported that Williams’ former on-screen love interest, April (Sarah Drew) returned for an episode that will point Jackson toward a fulfilling closure for the character.